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Marie is a decade old!!!

 Marie, you are 10!!!!  I was trying to remember my life 10 years ago right now. . .and wondering if I ever thought what it would be like when you were 10?!?  I know I could never have imagined all of this.  Never, in a 1000 years.  God has blessed our family abundantly.

 This was you exactly one year ago.  Hard to believe, huh?  You have grown so much and really matured at lot this year.
 Remember the Red team last fall?  The only thing that hasn't changed is your coach -- you're still with Coach Thad!!!
 But now your team is green and you are wearing size large shorts instead of size medium :)  This was you while you were a goalie a couple of weeks ago.

Last fall was so busy for you . . .
 There was the Lego League competition that you participated in with Thomas and your team did really well! (The team didn't re-group again this year or I'm sure you would have been the team captain!)
 You were a snowflake in your school's Christmas production. . .

And a judge (a main character!) in one of the local church's after-school music program.  You did a GREAT job!
 And then, of course, you got your braces.  Those come off November 16th!!!!!

Marie, I hate to keep saying "I don't have time" and "I have to work on schoolwork" but it's the sad truth right now.  I've been working on this post for two days now and am simply not going to get it done to my "standards" in the next week because I just don't have the time.  You had a wonderful birthday. . .and I didn't do *any* schoolwork on Saturday -- ha!  Let me leave you with a picture to remind you of the night out you chose instead of a party this year:

And your pile of gifts. . .

And your family that loves you unconditionally :)


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